Jairus Byrd joined the Saints for several reasons, including the fact they paid him a lot of money.
But the former Bills safety said he was looking forward to bringing his ability to create turnovers to the creative defenses of coordinator Rob Ryan.
“To have that ability with an offense that’s gonna put up points and a stingy defense like that and exotic in the way Coach Ryan calls things, it’s unorthodox, it’s gonna keep people guessing,” Byrd said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. “That combination right there was enough.”
His conversations with Ryan have been limited about his role so far, but Byrd said he could tell it’s going to be exciting.
“Yeah, definitely,” Byrd said. “Look, he has some stuff in his head that he’s gonna get out one way or the other.”
Putting Byrd next to last year’s first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro should allow Ryan to get even more creative, as he has two established playmakers in the back of his defense.
Along with a unit that outperformed every expectation a year ago, that gives Byrd plenty to look forward to.